Dundee

Manfred Pernice, Sonderausstellung: Wishy-washy, 2009, wood and paint.

Manfred Pernice, Sonderausstellung: Wishy-washy, 2009, wood and paint.

Dundee

Manfred Pernice

Dundee Contemporary Arts
152 Nethergate
March 1–May 1, 2011

Belgium

September 1–November 1, 2011

Modern Art Oxford
30 Pembroke Street
October 1–November 21, 2010

Curated by Michael Stanley

Constructed of common building materials such as Masonite, concrete, and particleboard, Manfred Pernice’s unfussy sculptural objects resemble maquettes—stand-ins for vacated plinths or scaled-down socialist housing projects. Grouped together, often with video, photographs, and found objects, these works further suggest urban sprawl and allude to the unfulfilled utopian promise of modernity. For his first major exhibition in the UK, the German artist is shifting focus inward—toward furniture, food packaging, and other dross of contemporary domestic interiority. Employing his recent concept of Sonderausstellung, or “special exhibition,” Pernice has crafted a large vessel to house five smaller works made during the past three years. When the show travels to Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK, this spring, the structure will be reconfigured, as it will for its final iteration at SMAK in Ghent, Belgium, next fall.